Norfolk Customhouse:

Information Relating to Customs' Occupancy of the Historic Customhouse

GGD-86-82FS: Published: Jun 6, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1986.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed an agreement between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Customs Service to renovate the customhouse in Norfolk, Virginia.

Customs has a policy of attempting to retain historic customhouses such as the one in Norfolk, and prefers to renovate existing customhouses to meet its requirements rather than to relocate its local operations. GAO found that: (1) after several years of discussions, GSA and Customs agreed in 1981 to renovate the Norfolk customhouse instead of relocating Customs' Norfolk operations; (2) GSA uncertainty over Customs' subsequent decisions to reorganize its Norfolk operations led GSA to defer the renovation project several times; (3) in 1984, GSA and Customs decided to relocate Customs' Norfolk operations and dispose of the customhouse in concert with city development efforts; and (4) in 1985, GSA and Customs again reversed their decision and began to plan to renovate the customhouse. GAO also found that GSA: (1) plans to spend $300,000 in 1987 to upgrade the customhouse's electrical system; (2) estimates that the renovation will cost $3.1 million, but has not yet developed a renovation plan; and (3) has ceased its attempts to lease space for Customs' Norfolk operations.

Jul 21, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

May 12, 2016

Apr 14, 2016

Mar 4, 2016

Oct 30, 2015

Sep 9, 2015

Aug 17, 2015

Jul 9, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

Looking for more? Browse all our products here